Why are the Sa’aayda/Southern Egyptians ridiculed and made the subject of degrading jokes in Egypt? In Post-Revolutionary Egypt all are said to have equal footing but with constant attacks laid at the feet of these communities little is said and even less is done, a case in point is the displacement of Nubia tribes moved to create Lake Nasser (LAKE NUBIA) in the 1960’s Between 1958 and 1970, the anticipated rising waters behind the dam required major relocation projects that were carried out during the 1960’s. IT CAUSED 90,00 NUBA TO RE-LOCATE WITH NO SAY IN THE MATTER*. There were 18 ancient temples in the area.
(Figures from bbc) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/6906660.stm page 2
Abandoned Nubian village currently overlooking Lake Nasser. Residents were displaced decades ago when building the High Dam and Lake Nasser.
Activist Natalie Abou Shakra sums it up perfectly when she says:
Nubians are marginalized in Egyptian society along with the Sa’ayda or the Upper Egyptians. They are ridiculed, are the subject of many degrading jokes, considered the “Blacks of Egypt” and discriminated against because of the colour of their skin.